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Kentucky lawmakers stall on budget talks

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky lawmakers stall on budget talks as the Tuesday deadline looms.

House and Senate leaders met for more than 10 hours Sunday trying to hammer out a deal.

House Democratic leaders said in a joint statement they were ready to keep working on the budget, but said Republicans walked away during discussions about extending the time frame.

The negotiations are happening behind closed doors.

Senate President Robert Stivers says they're making progress but offered no details.

Lawmakers are stuck on cutting funding to higher education.

Democrats do not want to make cuts.  Republicans say the universities must share in the statewide cuts.

Governor Matt Bevin says the cuts are needed to help fund pensions - which are $30 billion in the hole.

If lawmakers don't pass a budget, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would have to call an expensive special session of the state legislature or risk a partial shutdown of government services

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